In this episode, Nicholas Sansbury Smith (author of Hell Divers, The Extinction Cycle, and Orbs) talks about how he got started in his writing career, how he built his brand, and how to write a thrilling book. As an added bonus, we are the first to see the inside of his new house. I thought we would get to meet the pitbull and the shih tzu, but alas, it was not to be. You will need to watch this one to the end to understand the reference, but I digress.
After listening to Hell Divers on Audible, Josh told me I had to give it a listen, and now I am recommending it to you. The story takes dystopian fiction to a new level. The characters, story and pacing are outstanding and his voice is second to none.
One of the unique things about Keystroke Medium is the openness and enthusiasm of our guests. Nicholas was no exception. He talks, in detail, about development, writing, working with editors and agents, and being a hybrid author (indie published and traditionally published). I started taking notes when he gave examples of how he builds his brand. Spoiler alert, he interacts with his fans and keeps it positive.
If you want entertaining conversation about books, writing, and a marketing, this episode is for you. I came away with a very good outlook on what it takes to be successful in this business or any other.
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Learn more about Nicholas here: nicholassansburysmith.com
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Welcome to Northern Ireland, where you can drink pints of ale and read great works of science fiction. It’s also home to today’s guest, Jo Zebedee, author of the Inheritance Trilogy and alien invasion novel, Inish Carraig.
On today’s show, we bring you the inside scoop about the third and final book in the Inheritance Trilogy, Abendau’s Legacy and have an depth discussion about Jo’s Hugo nominated novel Inish Carraig. Jo also talks about writing short fiction for the newly released Explorations: Through the Wormhole anthology and what it was like to write in a shared universe.
We had a great time talking to Jo and had we actually been in a Belfast, I’m sure the show would have been even more epic. (And perhaps a little tipsy) Should there ever be a Keystroke Medium world tour, Belfast will be on our top 5 list.
Jo Zebedee writes military space operas by combining her love of the genre with the expert input from actual military officers to get the technical parts right. What struck me during this interview was her concern for strong characters and ability to write darker fiction when the effects of the story demanded it. One of her pet peeves in the genre is having child heroes save the universe then “dust themselves off like nothing happened.”
During this interview we talked about how characters are changed by their ordeal. what inspires her, writing style, and go behind the scenes of her creation process.
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You can learn more about Jo Zebedee at http://jozebedee.com/, http://jozebwrites.blogspot.com/, and http://absolutewrite.com/.
You can find her books on Amazon here: Jo Zebedee’s Author Page
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Meet Kevin Tumlinson: He is a speculative fiction author influenced at a very early age by Orson Scott Card. Aside from his writing career, which is considerable, he also runs his own podcast called “The Wordslinger Podcast” and he’s also the Marketing Director for the ebook publishing company, Draft2Digital. In today’s episode we talk about publishing “wide”, author services the company provides, and how Universal Book Links will revolutionize indie publishing.
During this Keystroke Medium episode, Kevin talks about growing up as a writer and his eventual decision to pull out of a traditional publishing contract and go indie. This was really cool because we went way back to the early days of indie publishing as we now know it. (Indie publishing is actually as old as paper, I think.)
The Dan Kotler thriller series, currently consisting of the Coelho Medallion novel and prequel, The Brass Hall, is his current project, and Kevin talks about how a dare pulled him from his normal genre of science fiction, where he’d amassed a sizeable list, into the world of mystery thrillers.
What is D2D and how can it change the world?
Draft2Digital is an aggregation tool; it allows authors to upload their book and have it sent to Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Nook, Apple Books, and many other places as published ebooks. In essence, this is publishing “wide” and has many smart marketing merits. Students of author entrepreneurism will dig this section of the interview.
As a bonus, we discuss Universal Book Links. This tool allows ebook buyers to click a link and go to the platform of their choice in the country of their choice. Do you live in the UK? Automatically get sent to the UK store.
Kevin Tumlinson is the author of the military science fiction Citadel series and the Coelho Medallion thrillers. Learn more about his work at Kevintumlinson.com. Also check out Draft2digital.com and Books2read.com (universal book links).
What is Live?
Have you ever been part of those intense conversations about books that are, quite honestly, a little awkward for your friends who haven't read a book since high school? Did you think, of course Daenerys Tagaryen will walk through fire and tame a dragon? After years of talking to each other about what make stories great, Scott and Josh wanted to expand their knowledge and share what they learned with the world!